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Friday, 29 May 2015

Deirdre Dreamer's Freshman Year

Hello and welcome to the first time this round that we'll spend a "year" at university.
The reason why we are here is this young lady, Deirdre Dreamer. She has only just arrived. Who else of the playables lives at this dorm at the moment?
Pablo Picaso, who is in his Senior Year...
...Nigel Newson, a Junior...
...Sirius Swain, a Sophomore...
...and Ramon Ramirez, another Junior.
So, Deirde is the only girl (of the playables; there are some NPC students here as well). How is she going to fit in?
For her first meal at the cafeteria, she joins one of the female NPC students at her table. "One of my fathers is from a different planet," she tells the girl.
sRamon is the one who, on his own accord, does most of the cleaning here.
My playing policy for campus households is that I only control a Sim until they have acquired the requested skills and written their term papers. After that, they can pretty much do what they want. There is one exception: I try to make sure that each playable gives a phone call to one friend back home every day.
Deirdre writes her Term Paper early on, even before she decides on her major. On her second day at uni, she rolls the wants for two majors, politics and psychology. Her lifetime want is to become game designer, but neither of those two majors show special benefit for that career. Therefore, I simply have her choose the first one in the wishes panel, and that is politics.
Sponge baths are popular here, it seems. If I am not very much mistaken, I see at least one every time I play a uni household. No need to tell you that of course the shower room upstairs is fully functional!
Deirdre has been given the corner room at the back of the ground floor.
In Pablo's room, the synthesizer still proves to be popular, as Nigel Newson here shows, but not quite as much as it used to be.
Deirdre is happy to have one of her many half-brothers live here, too.
Everyone loves to hula and would do nothing else if it weren't for those necessary interruptions for eating, sleeping and... well, classes.
Pablo Picaso is, true to his name, a good painter. He chose to finish this painting on his own accord, and therefore I think I'll put it in his inventory when he graduates and moves back to New Maximiliania.
Nigel is now a Senior.
Pablo's graduation party has just begun - he finished Cum Laude in Physics. His girlfriend Hailey Hart is of course invited.
And so is his family. Here, he welcomes his big sister Pauline. The man in the blue t-shirt is Gary Greenman, one of Rose Greenman's plantchildren who turned human and married Jessica Picaso, Pablo's mother, after she was divorced from her first husband (and Pablo's father) Matthew.
Here she is, Jessica proudly hugging her son.
After the party, Pablo is ready to board the taxi that will take him back to New Max and start the next chapter in his life. Good luck and bye-bye for now, Pablo!
Sirius now begins the 2nd semester of his Sophomore year, and Ramon of his Junior year.
Deirdre is not quite as neat and tidy as Ramon, but occasionally, she empties the trash bin in the cafeteria.
Her first semester is already over.
Ramon is doing his best to keep the boys' shower room and toilets in an acceptable condition.
Sometimes the cafeteria cook decides to wash the dishes in the boys' bathroom - although there is a perfectly well functioning dishwasher downstairs in the kitchen.
Half-siblings Sirius and Deirdre get along very well. Sometimes Sirius even gives his sister a backrub on his own initiative - I always thought backrubs count as romantic interactions and are not available for relatives.
Ramon has been giving financial consulting all day, and by the time he should get ready for his exams, he is exhausted and hungry. I intervene and have him drink espresso and eat a plate of spaghetti before he has to leave.
Deirde wakes up happy. Campus life agrees with her, it seems.
For the first time this "year", the campus coach appears and urges Deirdre to do something about her (admittedly sorry) state of fitness.
She needs a good rest after that work-out!
A fire in the cafeteria is quickly put out by the sprinkler on the ceiling. Fortunately, only NPC students were around at the time.
Deirdre has successfully completed her Freshman Year.

There are currently 4 rooms available at this dorm. Are they going to be filled this round, now that New Maximiliania's population is at its lowest ever?


  1. Have you got any more teens ready for University? Nice to see the younger generation instead of the oldies.

    1. There will be some teens sent to university this round, yes, but I can't remember right now who they are :-) I'll just see who is ready (and who wants to go) as I reach each household.
      It did make a nice change to play a dorm after so many weeks with elderly Sims.

  2. A nice catch up at college. It is refreshing after playing in the main neighbourhood to have a visit to Campus! Deirdre has settled in well.

    1. Yes, it was fun playing the students for a change. Deirdre and especially her half-brother get along very well, but she's also made friends with the others. Unfortunately, one of the NPC students has developed a liking for her - no hearts have been flying yet, but I fear this could easily happen when spring comes around. I'd like to fill the dorm with all playables to prevent that from happening.


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